Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AL) and James Inhofe (R-OK) have tried three times to get the EPA to respond to their requests for information on proposed mercury and air toxic standards (the Utility MACT rule.)
The EPA has failed to respond to three letters. They’re now sending another one not only to the EPA, but to the Office of Management and Budget and to Regulatory Affairs Administrator Cass Sunstein.
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In a recent press release, Murkowski and Inhofe write:
The letter calls upon EPA and OMB to answer questions that have been pending for months, and asks new and potentially disturbing questions about EPA’s apparent decision last spring to avoid public comment on the potential reliability impacts of the sweeping major Utility MACT rule.
I continue to be very concerned about the effects the proposed Utility MACT rule could have on electric reliability,” Murkowski said. “And, I find it extremely troubling that EPA has been unable or unwilling to respond to our multiple requests for answers on the proposed Utility MACT rule. Moreover, it now appears the Agency was going to solicit public comment on reliability but decided against it. Clearly, we need answers.”
“It is clear that EPA is recklessly moving ahead with Utility MACT, one of the most expensive rules in history, without taking electric reliability seriously,” Inhofe said. “If EPA is so sure that Utility MACT will not cause blackouts, why is the Agency including a last minute ‘safety valve’? If EPA regulators have nothing to hide, why have they failed three times to respond to our reasonable inquiries about grid reliability? We will continue to pursue these questions until we have answers.”
The Senators are trying to put pressure on Sunstein and Lisa Jackson to get them the answers they’ve been seeking in three previous attempts.